VETS30013 Animal Health in Production Systems

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 86 hours including 36 hours of lectures, 33 hours of practicals and a 2-day field trip to Dookie. Plus 2 weeks industry-based placement during vacations.
Total Time Commitment:

204 hours


Permission of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is required to enrol into this subject. Enrolment is limited to BSc students who have been selected into the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation of the Animal Health and Disease major, leading to articulation into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Students must have successfully completed the following subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus ONE OF:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

In addition, the completion of an approved five day residential course in animal handling, environmental safety and management (may be undertaken concurrently).


Students must enrol in the following subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

This subject is only available to students selected into the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation and therefore pre-selected into the DVM. Refer to the Core Participation Requirements statement within the course entry for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine:



Dr Stuart Barber



Subject Overview:

This subject examines the major animal production systems in Australia, with a particular focus on the impact of management practices on the health and welfare of animal populations. Students will develop an appreciation of the economic drivers of these industries, measures of productivity utilised within these industries, and the role of the veterinary profession in ensuring the health and wellbeing of animals.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject aims to equip students with a sound understanding of animal management practices in the major animal industries in which veterinarians are employed, and an understanding of the impact of management practices on the health and wellbeing of animals. Students are to complete two weeks of extramural work while enrolled in this subject.

  • 3 intra-semester tests (up to 50 minutes) due around weeks 4, 8 and 12 worth 10% each (Total 30%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)


  • The successful completion of a two week industry placement is a hurdle requirement for this subject. Approved placements may be local, regional, interstate or international
  • Students must complete a brief one-page written summary of each extramural placement they visit
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Veterinary Bioscience (specialisation of Animal Health and Disease major)

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